Definition of a certain
1 —used to refer to a quality that is noticed but that is difficult to explain or describe She has a certain elegance about her. The house has a certain charm.
2 formal —used with the name of a person one does not know In 1889, a certain Mr. Kelly made a large donation to the church.
Word by Word Definitions
: fixed, settled
: of a specific but unspecified character, quantity, or degree
: dependable, reliable
: certain ones
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